TATJANA HUTINEC at RIVERDALE ARTWALK 2021
Toronto artist Tatjana Hutinec launched As Above so Below, her exhibitor booth filled with stormy paintings, at the Riverdale ArtWalk 2021, August 21 – August 22.
In her body of work, titled As Above so Below Tatjana Hutinec highlights awareness of climate changes related to human consciousness, (egocentric) perception and actions impacted by consumerism.
Hutinec believes that art can inspire us to achieve a deeper awareness – focused on the relationship with oneself as an element of the whole and choosing positive personal practices that can help prevent climate catastrophe.
Since the pandemic closedowns in 2019, and art event cancelations, Riverdale Artwalk 2021 was the first outdoor art exhibition.
One of Toronto’s premier art exhibitions, Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art juried exhibition showcasing selected artists at Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district, as well as a two week Online Show and Sale.
Hutinec has been creating and exhibiting her artwork in Canada, Croatia and Dominican Republic, while teaching art workshops to communities as well as creating wearable art and sculptures for TV, film and theatre.
“Greatfull for the opportunity to show my art and invite people to come in person, I am exited about my participation in the Riverdale Artwalk 2021” said Tatjana Hutinec, who grew up and studied art and design in Zagreb, Croatia. Since 1990, displaced due to the war outburst in Croatia, Tatjana has been living in Toronto.
Discovering the art exhibits of Missisauga’s Celebration Square by Sherene Almjawer
Life does imitate art but not always in the best ways. The large shipping container in Mississauga’s Celebration Square housing the Love Local Art Shop should’ve been bustling with admirers of Amee Raval’s glass art on Sunday, August 29. Instead, much like Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks”, excited patrons were stuck peering at the myriad of beautiful glass works from outside the little art shop.
Two pieces caught the sunlight: circular mirrors decorated with colourful pieces of glass in the shapes of women’s heads, each one donning a differently styled headdress.
Little did we know, the power in both Mississauga’s Civic Centre and the art shop had gone out, locking everyone out of both buildings.
Luckily for us, Celebration Square is a haven for art. As part of the Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 installation—running from July 30 to September 6 by artists Esrawe and Cadena—Celebration Square is decorated in 14 red-frame houses inspired by the street markets of Latin America. Hanging from the top each frame are swings, letting visitors step into the home, watch the strip of bulbs at every house light up and swing under the warm summer sun.
Families, couples and children alike took turns immersing themselves in the little pieces of familiarity and homeliness, just as someone would in the lively streets of a Latin American market.
Fortunately, the Love Local Art Shop will feature a few more artists, every Friday to Sunday until September 5, giving art lovers one more chance to meet and support their favourite local artists before Celebration Square introduces a new set of exhibitions.
BMO 1st Art! Exhibition Toronto
The BMO 1st Art! competition celebrates the creativity of art school students from over 100 post-secondary institutions across Canada. The national winner is awarded $15,000 and the regional winners each receive $7,500. All winning entries for 2018 will presented at the BMO 1st Art! exhibition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, November 15 to December 8, 2018
Art Museum at U of T 7 Hart House, Toronto, Ontario
The Art of Banksy Exhibition Toronto
The Art of Banksy Exhibition
Wednesday, June 13 – Wednesday, July 11
@ 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Tickets go on sale May 12 at www.banksyexhibit.com
Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, June 13, Toronto welcomes the North American Premiere of “The Art of Banksy”, an acclaimed showcase featuring 80 original works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. “The Art of Banksy” has already generated excitement in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Auckland. Now Toronto, having beat out both Athens and Stockholm, steps up to host this spectacular exhibit.
Banksy, whose identity is the art world’s biggest secret, is an enigmatic artist and world-recognized political activist. His graffiti-influenced stencil technique, often combined with anti-establishment slogans, is immediately recognizable and never fails to generate immediate attention. Banksy’s various works, which in addition to paintings, also include sculptures and special displays, are seen on city walls, bridges and streets throughout the world.
“The Art of Banksy”, curated by Steve Lazarides, the artist’s former agent, displays the world’s largest collection of Banksy’s works. Included in the exhibition are the iconic “Balloon Girl”, ranked in 2017 as “The United Kingdom’s number one favourite artwork”, “Flag Wall”, an urbanized take on the famous picture of soldiers raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, “Laugh Now”, a witty piece depicting a foreboding message, and many other pieces, no less compelling and equally thought-provoking.
“This is a one-of-a-kind exhibition. You will never again have the opportunity to see this many of Banksy’s works in one place. Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim,” says Steve Lazarides.
The Toronto exhibition will be mounted in a raw space at 213 Sterling Road (Lansdowne Metro stop), an area described by BlogTO as “Toronto’s next big thing” and “a neighbourhood for art – contemporary art,” with neighbouring businesses including the new location for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Anansi Press, Henderson Brewing and Drake Commissary. This prestigious exhibition of originals – all privately owned by collectors – offers a rare opportunity for Toronto to enter Banksy’s world.
“Starvox Exhibits is pleased to bring to Toronto, the North American Premiere of “The Art of Banksy”. I am proud to be able to have a collection of this calibre as the first exhibit under our new business division and in association with Live Nation,” says Corey Ross, President & CEO, Starvox Exhibits.
“Toronto, with its thriving visual arts scene is for us, the perfect city to premiere “The Art of Banksy” in North America,” says Michel Boersma, Senior Vice President Family Entertainment & Theatre, Live Nation. “Together with Steve Lazarides, we have been able to assemble the largest collection of Banksy art ever exhibited, which is fitting for a world-class city like Toronto.”
Bell Media is the official media sponsor of “The Art of Banksy” exhibition.
Worldwide demand for “The Art of Banksy” is off-the-charts. Consequently, the exhibit is scheduled to be in Toronto for 4 weeks only. Advance tickets are available through American Express “Front of the Line” beginning Monday, May 7. General tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. and are available online at www.banksyexhibit.com. A limited quantity of tickets will also be available on site at 213 Sterling starting June 13. Ticket price is $35.00.
“This isn’t one to miss” – HARPERS BAZAAR
“‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition says more about Banksy than Banksy ever could” – JUNKEE
“If it sounds epic, that’s because it is” – CONCRETE PLAYGROUND
“A fuck- off huge exhibition featuring the work of mysterious street artist Banksy” – PEDESTRIAN
“‘The Art of Banksy’ will serve as a welcome reminder of the explosive impact of the artist’s works, and of the powerful potential of street art – and that can’t be a bad thing” – TIMEOUT
“A must see!”- MARIE CLAIRE
“Such a special opportunity to see works of the mysterious street artist” – VROUW/TELEGRAAF
“‘The Art of Banksy’ is a MUST for every art-lover. Get inspired! ” – COSMOPOLITAN
“It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss” – HELLO AMSTERDAM
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.
About Starvox Exhibits
Starvox Exhibits is a new division of Starvox Entertainment and is presenting its inaugural exhibition, the North American Premiere of “The Art of Banksy” through an exclusive partnership with Live Nation. Starvox Entertainment, founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, has ranked on Profit Magazine’s list of Canada’s top growth companies for four years running – the only live Entertainment Company ever to be on the list. Starvox produces unique live theatre properties, including: the hugely successful “Wow Variety Spectacular”, currently in residence at Caesars Entertainment’s Rio Casino, the record-breaking “Evil Dead: The Musical”, successful touring West-End hit Harry Potter parody “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience”, “Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical” and many others.
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Celebrated Toronto Art Fair Fetes a Fruitful Decade
TORONTO, ON (February 1, 2017) – Calling all art enthusiasts! Artist Project celebrates its 10th year with a four-day art fair hosted from February 23-26, 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. The overarching theme of this year’s fair is Birthday Party, connecting attendees with collectors, curators, gallerists and designers to revel in shoppable artwork from over 250 contemporary Canadian and international artists.
The fair debuts with the Opening Night Party, one of Canada’s most popular art world soirees. Guests will be greeted by a brilliant watercolour mural, The Tenth Tide, an impressive 100-foot-long front entrance installation by L.A.- based artist Tracy Hiner (see teaser at left). Bold in color and texture, the feature installation explores how paint interacts with itself and the swirling beauty it creates. The scale of the artwork allows the viewer to intimately experience the work’s depth. Tracy has created an exceptional welcome to the creativity which beckons beyond. Additional new and electrifying artists include printmaker Shogo Okada, painter Mel Gausden, photographer Simon Willms, painter Benny Bing, and textile artist Sam Pedicelli.
Installation Zone A primary Artist Project 2017 attraction is the Installation Zone, featuring artists working within a variety of mediums. A highlight includes the moving sculpture, The Girl with Paper Boats, created by past exhibiting artist, architect, and award winning sculptor, W.W. Hung. This Canadian educated sculptor and dance enthusiast is inspired by the human body’s language of movement in space.
Art Chats Artist Project’s Art Chats Seminar Series returns this year with a thrilling expert line-up sharing their knowledge from varied creative community sectors. Guests will be enlightened by this popular seminar series, offering a range of interactive talks hosted by foremost minds, featuring: current Stylecooler Host and former House & Home editor, Mark Challen; Manager of StreetARToronto StART), Lilie Zendel; arts and culture writer and The Art Market dynamo, Kate Barron; experts Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor of The Art Stylists; talented Artist Project alum Erin Loree; and more. Topics will include the basics of art buying, social media and the art market, artwork in public spaces, professional practice within the art world, and much more.
Art Battle Art Battle #494 returns to the exhibition floor on the evening of Friday, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This vibrant live competitive painting art show will have guests consumed in rounds of 20-minute competitive painting where 16 artists take to their easels and grant show-goers a window into their creative genius. Members of the audience can vote for their preferred work and can later bid in a silent auction to purchase the artwork.
UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition Artist Project and DeSerres will be giving recognition to 20 emerging artists through its UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition, one of the most popular features. Dedicated to the development of students, new graduates, and self-taught artists, the juried competition will provide a platform for emerging artists to launch their artwork at a professional level art fair at no charge. One of the 20 artists will be awarded a complimentary booth at Artist Project 2018.
Birthday Artist Competition In honour of Artist Project’s 10th annual show, this year artists are invited to submit an original work based on the interpretation of the theme “BIRTHDAY”. All competition entries will be presented in a feature exhibit at the show. Winners will be selected by a panel of jurors to receive a cash prize. Guests of the exhibit can also vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favourite entry in the Birthday Artist Competition, and be automatically entered to win $250 towards a work of art and a pair of tickets to the Opening Night Party at Artist Project 2018.
On the evening of November 2nd, the walls of the Arta Gallery were lined with newly displayed artworks. Combining two openings into one soirée, Fay Athari, director and curator, proudly displayed Beyond Times and A Golden Glow to the Light of Day. Located in The Distillery District, the space was bright with eager guests mingling and viewing.
Tucked into a seemingly separate part of the gallery, Alexey Klokov’s Beyond The Times exhibited his solo enamel pieces. The biomorphic shapes created with bold, pure and vibrant hues were contrasted by heavy gold and black segments and white canvas backgrounds. When asked about this series, Fay Athari explained that the choices of colors were rooted in spiritual insight.
Within the main space was the collective show, A Golden Glow to the Light of Day. This segment of the space exhibited pieces by Carmela Casuccio, Shabnam Afrand, Elizabeth Hardinge, Leah Hicks, and Manya Javadipour, Jenn and Terry Craig, and Tim Hough. Inspired by the changing of seasons, the curatorial aim of this show was to evoke the aesthetic of nature. Fay Atharia explained that “the artists are fragments of different styles and artistic practices that focused on the emotional, structural, and spiritual elements.” Within this colorful mosaic was the naturalistic oil work of Tim Hough, who was exhibiting at the Arta Gallery for the first time. His successful pieces rendered images he has captured on his travels, including a triptych panoramic painting of Ontarian Georgian Bay.
Both shows run until November 14th. For more information, visit www.artagallery.ca
Written by Amanda Lindenbach
On the first Friday of the month, Dirty Talk held their usual Dirty Talk event at Round on Augusta Ave. The bar was alive with music and artists who lined the walls with their canvases. Through the various sizes, shapes, and styles of artwork, viewers were met with a diverse range of viewing and purchasing options.
Upon entering, it was impossible not to notice the large fleshy canvas with protruding dismembered dolls pieces. It was the work of Valerie Shvetz, a fourth year OCADu student, who proudly represented her piece. This was her first time combining two and three dimensional elements into an artwork. When asked about her intention, she explained that she “… wanted to build something visceral.” The goal was to create a womb with abscesses growing out of it, juxtaposing null colors with “disturbing content”. Valerie expressed her fondness of using found objects because of the fact that they contain memory. She enjoys finding materials in second-hand stores and discovering the histories and symbols behind them to create conceptual pieces. This artist truly embodied Dirty Talk’s mandate of “… unfiltered expression.” Valerie Shvetz specializes in painting, sculpture, and photography, and is available for commission work. You can follow her Instagram @3names_sold.
Written by Amanda Lindenbach